I consider myself to be a “down to earth” therapist with a relaxed style that my clients tell me helps them to feel at ease right away.
Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA
I help people to move through depression by helping them understand the roots of their depression. Once we understand the cause, I can help you to change your relationship to your depression and start to work through it.
Trauma changes your brain, and also changes the way you feel about yourself, others and the world around you. Often times you lose trust for others and trust for yourself. Trauma therapy is a mix of developing skills to address symptoms (memories, intrusive thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares, anxiety, avoidance), but also deep cognitive processing of your trauma to heal and repair the wounds. Trauma work is long term work, but it will improve your quality of life immensely.
The research shows that we connect with others in our adult relationships based on how we were parented and our connection with our first care givers. Based on how you were parented, you likely have certain patterns that you get stuck in, such as fears of abandonment or not being good enough, or keeping people at arms length and not really letting others in. I can help you to develop a more secure sense of relating to others, by helping you understand the origins of your behavior.
It is not your emotions or your thoughts that are often the issue, but how we interact with our emotions and thoughts. I can help you to have a better relationship with your mind, and help you to explore thoughts and feelings in ways that are more conducive to your life goals and having a healthy and authentic life.
I offer couples counseling and also individual counseling to address relationship issues of all kinds. Are you feeling clingy and needy to your partner? Are you putting up walls and being distant? Is there arguing or infidelity in your relationship? I can help you find what is in your control in your relationship and what you can do to help shift patterns and have a healthier dynamic.
I specialize in anxiety and anxious attachment. I work with social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, and phobias. Anxiety often stems from trauma and I like to help you get to the root of the anxiety to better understand it, and find ways to change your relationship to your anxiety to help you cope.
Parenting can be overwhelming! Are you tired of yelling? Are you tired of a complete lack of self care and feeling burned out? I can help you to obtain better balance and skills to be the type of parent you want to be.